Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
PacifiCorp Energy
Current Parent Company: 
Berkshire Hathaway
Penalty: 
$2,500,000
Year: 
2014
Date: 
December 19, 2014
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, based in Portland, Oregon, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wyoming to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in connection with the deaths of protected birds, including golden eagles, at two of the company's wind projects in Wyoming. Under a plea agreement with the government, the company was sentenced to pay fines, restitution and community service totaling $2.5 million and was placed on probation for five years, during which it must implement an environmental compliance plan aimed at preventing bird deaths at the company's four commercial wind projects in the state.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Nebraska
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
diversified
Specific Industry of Parent: 
diversified
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Parent company note: 
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